Peer-to-Peer Committee Reports
- Hold the Pull (HTP) now has 12 Advisory committee members and 66 safety stewards. This group has grown by 28 safety stewards in 2021. They continue to be the backbone of the peer groups and are looking forward to doing more pitches in 2022 as COVID has slowed progress of pitches down in 2021 but the overall growth of the Committee is very strong and will continue in 2022 as our goal for this group in 2022 is to exceed 100 safety stewards. HTP continues to be a part of Livermore Training Facility and is looking at getting into the JATC with some pitches in 2022. There will also be a Safety Summit in 2022 date TBA. We have also extended our reach to properties that were lacking in safety stewards throughout our signatory properties specifically targeting SMUD as of recent due to an increase in accidents in the Line department.
- Control the Pressure (CTP) now has 11 Advisory committee members and 61 safety stewards. This group has also grown by 25 safety stewards. CTP is very active in the UWS (Utility Workers School), (Mod 0), GSC (Gas Safety Council) and continues to battle issues with distribution of Rubber Gloves to our members without any training at all. This has been an ongoing battle and we are almost to the end of it Field Services, L&M, Corrosion, OM&C, GC and GPOM are nearing a long hard battle to get training to our members regarding this issue and many others CTP has handled throughout 2021. We have also set a date for 2022 Safety Summit that will be July 6. CTP will also be getting a new video for 2022 to use for pitches.
- Keep the Clearance (KTC) now has 8 advisory committee members and 53 safety stewards. This group has added 35 new safety stewards in 2021. KTC is an exciting group and are looking forward to their Safety Summit that will be held on March 1 with guest speaker John Ball presenting. It will give an opportunity for this group with so many new safety stewards to meet and get acquainted to the program and what it’s all about. We also have some pitches that will be set up on Mountain F Enterprise, Nates and Community Tree service that we will be doing in 2022.
- We currently have 12 members from Substation/Generation/System Control lined up for our first peer-to-peer meeting with this group in February. This group consists of PG&E, NV Energy and SMUD members from different classifications. This is a excited group that is going to continue to grow throughout 2022.
Outside Line Construction (OSL) got its first round table set up in 2021, due to the losses of members John Ostroski and Jonathan Cabrera. I can say that this group is passionate about everything safety-related that is brought to their attention. I have high hopes for this group. Our next meeting is scheduled for February.
The 1245 Health & Safety committee is getting two new members this year, one is due to long time committee member Al White retiring in February. We are finally starting to get the green forms from some of the unit meetings, which is helping. Finally being able to meet in person has helped as well, as this group almost folded during COVID. We are looking forward to the National Safety Council (NSC) meeting being held this year in Tempe, AZ in May.
–Fred Aboud, IBEW 1245 Business Rep